We are a full service special events venue, located in the heart of the Midlands.
Amenities + Details
Covered Outdoors Space
Indoor Event Space
Outdoor Event Space
Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony
Up to 250
Garden, Historic Venue, Tented, Trees
Venue Service Offerings
Bar & Drinks, Cakes & Desserts, Food & Catering, Planning, Rentals & Equipment, Service Staff
The River Road and Jasmine Houses and Gardens Reviews
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Reviewed On 10/20/2020 by Ellie C
The team at River Road and Jasmine houses are awesome. Kelly and Sarah went above and beyond to make our day perfect! All the guests complimented the food and how gorgeous the venue was! Even with having to reschedule due to the pandemic, they ...
made the process so easy. I highly recommend for any bride to be! I am so thankful we chose them for our big day!!
Thank y’all so so much!!
Ellie and Patrick Murray
Reviewed On 6/11/2020 by Alaina P
This venue is everything we could have wanted and more! The staff was wonderful to work with and accommodating to all of our wants and needs. I would have my wedding here all over again if I could without a doubt! This is the place to have your...
dream wedding! Thanks for everything❤️
Reviewed On 1/13/2020 by Rachel L
Perfect. From helping you plan, to coordinating day of... To supplying the food/alcohol, decor, cake if you need... This place not only is so romantic and unique but it was the perfect and smoothest wedding I've ever been to. I used vendors the...
y recommended and commonly worked with and they understood timelines and exactly what we wanted. The owners are fantastic and they are so kind and relaxed! It's nice to work with someone that isn't as stressed as you!
Reviewed On 12/15/2019 by Sarah N
This was hands down the best place we could’ve chosen to get married. First, the venue is beautiful. The lush nature, decor, and special touches are eye catching. The staff here helped us plan and even saved us some money with their suggestion...
s. The food was great and everyone raved about the cake. For our tiny wedding, we opted for the 4 hour package. You cannot beat the value of this. Thank you for making our day special!
Reviewed On 9/05/2019 by Alice S
Beautiful venue, super helpful staff, delicious food
Reviewed On 8/11/2019 by Emily C
Sarah & Kellie at the River Road & Jasmine Houses & Gardens were the most amazing people to work with to plan a wedding. The venue is, hands down, the most beautiful venue in Columbia and they make the wedding planning process so easy and caref...
ree! We worked with Sarah in the beginning, who was amazing, and also baked our absolutely beautiful wedding cake! Kellie was our day of coordinator and she absolutely made me the day a complete breeze for us! Kellie went as far as to take a Bobby pin out of her own hair for me before being introduced to our reception. They kept everything about the wedding on time and we couldn’t be happier!
The venue and food at the RRJH was also amazing. Still, to this day, we are receiving compliments on how beautiful our venue was and how delicious our food was. If I could get married every weekend, I would choose The River Road & Jasmine Houses & Gardens again and again and again!
Reviewed On 7/30/2019 by Caroline T
Sarah and all of the staff at this venue made wedding planning so easy! They have catering on site that is delicious! The decorations that they have are beautiful already, so I barely had to add any extra decoration. My husband and I decided to...
have an ice cream bar for guests that was a huge hit!! We felt very taken care of before and the day of. I could not recommend them more.
Reviewed On 7/25/2019 by Chloe D
Sarah and Kelly were such a delight to work with and made every detail just perfect! Never seeming stressed, they handled our large outdoor wedding beautifully despite the hot June evening and made it seem like a fairytale garden wedding!! Alwa...
ys so flexible, they handled everything in stride and were just amazing!! So glad we had both our wedding and reception here!!
Reviewed On 6/13/2019 by Taylor B
This venue is absolutely BEAUTIFUL any time of year. We got married on the hottest Memorial Day weekend in 60 years, walking down the aisle in over 100 degree heat, and I wouldn’t change a thing! They have thought of everything to keep people c...
omfortable. For us, that was a giant fan that made for some pretty hilarious bridal party pictures before the ceremony and then kept everyone cool.
The next thing I have to rave about is how easy they make it to plan a wedding! Included in the very reasonable price for the venue is the service of a wedding coordinator (or coordinators) which was so helpful! They handle the catering (which was DELICIOUS) and can provide information on other popular vendors without any pressure to choose certain ones over others.
Our wedding day was more than we ever could have dreamed it would be and I can’t say enough good things about the river road and jasmine houses!
Reviewed On 5/18/2019 by Misty D
The Jasmine House exceeded our expectations. Suc a beautiful venue. Sarah was so easy to work with. Love the location and all of the small touches that were put into our special day.
Reviewed On 5/10/2019 by Deniz F
The best hidden secret!! Sarah was so easy to work with and made the experience a joy! They told all the stress away and allowed us to enjoy the moment!!
Reviewed On 5/05/2019 by Caroline H
Everything turned out beautifully however the only negative feedback I can give is the communication, there were multiple times when I contacted them and it took days (even a week on one occasion) to get a reply. I don’t believe this is accepta...
ble in this day & time where technology allows for better communication.
Reviewed On 8/21/2018 by Bethanie W
Great food. Beautiful detail. The package. They take the stress out of the day. My daughters 8/18/18 wedding was incredible there.
Reviewed On 6/13/2018 by Caroline C
Where do I even begin?? The River Road & Jasmine Houses is THE most beautiful venue imaginable, we feel so lucky that we could get married there! Sarah & her family are so wonderful to work with, and made the wedding planning process and our we...
dding day so stress-free and seamless. The venue itself is absolutely gorgeous and so thoughtfully decorated, and we loved having the two houses and the gardens for our wedding and reception. Our guests couldn't stop raving about how good the food was - including our amazing wedding cake, which Sarah made for us. It's also such a great value, which was so important to us on a tight budget. We cannot recommend the River Road & Jasmine Houses enough - thank you so much for making our wedding perfect!
Reviewed On 11/16/2017 by Shelbie B
Truly an incredible day. I could not recommend The river road and jasmine houses more! Sarah is an incredible planner and she truely thinks of everything. I am a very forgetful person and having her help me throughout the whole process was an a...
bsolute lifesaver. I could not have asked for a more perfect ceremony or reception. If you are considering getting married in the Columbia SC area you cannot go wrong with the river road and jasmine houses.
Reviewed On 11/01/2017 by Lacie S
I had a great time planning my wedding with Sarah. She answered all of my and my mom's questions effectively and in a timely manner if the question was asked via email. My wedding day was amazing. Everything ran smoothly, even with the rain ...
that moved the ceremony indoors. There are two things that keep me from giving an outstanding 5 stars. First, my exit was about 15 minutes sooner than expected. This may not seem like a long time but I could have spent 15 more minutes dancing with my husband. It also doesn't help that there was another wedding scheduled after mine ( I got married at 11am) and I think Sarah was trying to push my wedding out in order to prepare. Second, the garment bag for my husband's tux was misplaced. We aren't sure where it ended up but when we called Sarah to ask if it had been left at her venue we never got a response from her, even after leaving two voice mails. These two things weren't so disastrous that they ruined my wedding day, they are just small pieces that are the difference between very satisfied and overjoyed for me.
Overall, if you are looking for a vintage/antique feel with beautiful garden spaces, River Road and Jasmine Houses and Gardens should be a top choice. If anything, the rain on the morning of my wedding made everything more gorgeous. Sarah works diligently to get the details exactly right for your special day and I felt like a princess. All of my guests have said they loved the food prepared by Sarah and her staff and what I was able to eat of my to-go food was delicious. I would highly recommend using Sarah's recommended DJ. He was such a great help with taking care of my husband and myself during the celebration. He has worked with Sarah so much and they make all parts of the ceremony and reception flow seamlessly together.
Reviewed On 7/01/2017 by Cori E
I am still getting compliments and I got married a month ago! The venue is absolutely beautiful and Sarah and her mom were the best. They were flexible and accommodating! Very helpful! The food was one of my favorite parts of the night! We had ...
the shrimp and grits, Parmesan crusted chicken, Mac and cheese, chicken and waffles, and spinach casserole.. I had a bite of it all and was very pleased! If you want a romantic, outdoor wedding with charm and character, this is the venue for you!
Reviewed On 5/02/2017 by Michael H
As a parent, father of the groom, if you have ever dreamed of what the perfect setting would look like for two families to be joined via their children, "This is IT!" From the initial search of venues through the final night of ceremonies, The ...
RR&JH&G staff was top-notch. Sarah listened to Lindsay & Jon intently and helped them develop an afternoon & night that all enjoyed and will remember with smiles. The Cake was astonishing, food was 5-Star, atmosphere was warm & loving. All we had to do was show up and enjoy the day. Everything else was handled with utmost respect and concern for the Bride & Groom experience. The value of this venue was well worth the investment in our eyes. Thanks to everyone there for a magical day. MWH
Reviewed On 12/28/2016 by Morgan D
While I had always dreamed of a Charleston wedding, the travel and $$ just wasn't going to work for us. We began to look at Columbia venues and The River Road & Jasmine Houses & Gardens was the first venue on our list due to its affordability. ...
What we weren't expecting was to be blown away by the beauty of the venue and the assistance of Sarah, Elizabeth, and the rest of the staff. If you're worried about budget, I can almost guarantee you this is the most budget friendly venue you will find in the Columbia area. But it won't feel like it! You will feel like you're in an exclusive secret garden made just for you! I cannot recommend this place enough.
For the bride/groom who NEEDS to feel in control, this is the place for you. Sarah will sit down with you as many times as you need to feel comfortable with the logistics. By the time the big day came around, "control" was the last thing on my mind. I had learned to trust Sarah, and for good reason. Our day was even better than we ever imagined!
Thank you, River Road & Jasmine Houses & Gardens!!!
Reviewed On 11/09/2016 by Alice R
The River Road House and Jasmine House Garden is without a doubt the most wonderful wedding experience that you could possibly imagine. As the mother of the bride it was important to me that my daughter’s vision of her wedding day be fulfilled ...
perfectly and a truly unforgettable experience, Sarah and her staff provided that and more. After visiting other local venues we stumbled onto this hidden gem and instantly my daughter Whitney and her fiancé Zack were ready to be married there. The pathway to the garden provided the feel of the enchanted fairy-tale theme that they wished to continue throughout their story. The beauty of the garden is just one aspect of this wonderful place. The River Road house also provides a large, open area for an indoor ceremony if you prefer or if it should happen to rain on your special day. There is also a bridal suite for the bride, bridesmaids, and flower girls to gather and get prepared for the wedding ceremony. It is perfect! The Jasmine House is the starter for your reception which is unforgettable as well. The food provided by the venue is amazing and Sarah makes a delightful wedding cake. After indulging in some great food and cocktails, the house opens up to a tented area for your band or dj to set up for the evening’s merry-making. I can’t say enough about this venue, it is just perfect and everything is done for you except for extras that you might want to add to personalize your special day. Thank you to Sarah and the entire Christmus family and staff for an enchanting evening.
Reviewed On 5/17/2016 by Lachelle R
The River Road & Jasmine Houses & Gardens was absolutely amazing. Sarah & her team made sure everything went smoothly the day of my event. I love how RRJ provides your wedding director, your wedding cake, and food for the reception. They will ...
also provide a lot of your decorations for the day of your event as well. This made the planning for my wedding so much easier. My wedding cake was beautiful and delicious. All of the food was wonderful as well, and so many guest commented on the mashed potato bar. Sarah was easy to contact during the whole planning phase leading up to my wedding. She allowed me to meet with her several times and visit RRJ to make sure I had everything I needed and to make sure I knew where I wanted things set up. Since my wedding, I have had so many guest comment on how beautiful my wedding and reception venue were due to the natural beauty of the gardens. I highly recommend The River Road and Jasmine Houses and Gardens for your wedding!
Reviewed On 4/11/2016 by john d
I fell in love with The River Road and Jasmine Houses the first time I visited, our search for a wedding venue was over as soon as we walked in. River Road and Jasmine Houses offered everything that I had dreamed of for a perfect wedding. My hu...
sband I were married there on March 5th, 2016, and the entire experience was top notch. Elizabeth and Sarah were awesome. The planning experience was stress free, well organized and very helpful. They were able to customize our southern taste and incorporate it into an elegant and unique menu. They took the time to listen to our ideas and offer advice and suggestions when needed without being pushy or impersonal. Sarah and Elizabeth made us feel like family from day one; comfortable, appreciated and respected.
The food was outstanding. The bar service was perfect. The wedding cake was as delicious to taste as it was beautiful to see. The venue itself provided an elegant and intimate setting that was perfect for our 125+ guest.
I truly cannot say enough positives about the venue, Sarah, Elizabeth or the rest of the staff. The perfect people & place to make any day amazingly special.
Reviewed On 9/29/2015 by Anna C
My husband and I were first looking at RR&J as only a reception venue. It was quite a drive from our church, so we were tempted to cross it off the list. But, every venue we toured after visiting RR&J just seemed to fall short of our expectati...
So, we decided to move the entire event out to RR&J, and it was the best decision we could have made for our special day (and our budget!). Elizabeth and Sarah are so nice, welcoming, and really make it feel as if you're having your event at a family home. The gardens were lush and green for our September wedding, so we only needed minimal floral arrangements. They cater in-house, and the food was absolutely delicious! Our guests are still talking about their Shrimp & Grits. And, for what they can't do, they have fabulous suggestions for DJ's, florists, etc.
Our big day was truly perfect, and we're so thankful that we booked with the River Road and Jasmine Houses and Gardens.
Reviewed On 1/20/2015 by Kelley C
My wedding was held at the River Road and Jasmine House on December 27. Everything was absolutely perfect! The décor already at the venue leaves little for you to have to add. They are very friendly and helpful here. The food was DELICIOUS! I r...
eceived many compliments on the venue and the food. It was an elegant, classy, yet laid back affair. The outdoor tent with heaters was wonderful. The string lights outside were so pretty! I couldn't have asked for a better venue.
Reviewed On 11/20/2014 by Kelly F
We are so pleased with our venue, The River Road and Jasmine Houses and Gardens! We found it based off of others' reviews, and our experience was also wonderful. From beginning to end, Sarah and Elizabeth Christmus made the entire planning proc...
ess as stress-free as possible. If we had any questions at all, Sarah was always more than willing to meet with us to discuss - we also had her do our cake, which turned out beautifully, and she even put together a tasting for us when I couldn't decide what I wanted. The RR&J worked well with all of our vendors, even allowing them to come in a little early day-of to begin setting up. All of our guests commented on how beautiful the venue was and how delicious the food was. The RR&J was also very affordable, especially considering the "mostly-inclusive" factor. Sarah was even able to recommend a pastor to us, who was also wonderful. We opted to bring in our own alcohol, but other than that and a few decorations here and there (photos, baskets for programs, favors, etc.), the RR&J handled everything day-of. Most of our guests were from Columbia, Lexington, and the Upstate, and I think the location of the RR&J was fairly convenient for all - we even had guests from California, Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia, but with affordable hotels close-by, I think the location of the RR&J is great. I think we ended up with around 150-160 guests total, which felt perfect, spatially, though our initial projections were closer to 200, and Sarah seemed to think that even with that many guests, we would be fine. Overall, we are very happy with The River Road and Jasmine Houses and Gardens and would definitely recommend them!
Reviewed On 11/03/2014 by Ashton B
I went to River Road after visiting several venue locations and being completely blown away by their pricing. After visiting River Road and Jasmine Houses I knew that was the place! Their prices are obviously not money hungry like everywhere el...
se. You are also getting a very beautiful place with nice personal touches everywhere that you wouldn't get at other places. The Christmus family was great to work with as well!
Reviewed On 10/30/2014 by Jill B
I had my rehearsal dinner at the River Road and Jasmine Houses in June. The venue was absolutely beautiful and the food was wonderful! It is a truly unique place and there is nothing like it in Columbia. I highly recommend them to anyone for...
any type of wedding event.
Reviewed On 11/07/2013 by angel h
This venue is awesome. Intimate yet big enough for 150 guests to mingle and have a good time. The Christmas family are sweet and work with you. I highly recommend this venue no matter the season
Reviewed On 10/08/2013 by britt122785
My husband and I were married at the River Road and Jasmine Houses this past March, and we couldn't be happier with our decision to use this venue! I live out of town, and Sarah was so accommodating in meeting with us whenever we were in town, ...
and made the planning process so easy! On the day of the wedding, everything went so smooth. At the reception, everyone raved about the food (Sarah and Elizabeth helped me plan the perfect menu!) and the wedding cake that they made. I had guests telling me that was the best cake and wedding food they had ever had! I can't say enough about how wonderful this venue is. If you're looking for a place that is professional, knowledgeable, and will go above and beyond for you, this is it! Thank you so much for an unforgettable day!
Reviewed On 9/19/2012 by Jeri G
Sarah and Elizabeth were a pleasure to work with. They were very flexible when in came to scheduling visits to the venue and everything turned out beautiful. They are a great duo!
Reviewed On 5/25/2012 by Raychel D
This is an expensive venue, but I was able to book it for a great deal. The family that owns the houses was very accommodating and understanding of our budget. They took care of practically everything for us, and our special day was absolutely ...
gorgeous and effortless. The only complaint I can even think of is that the sound for the ceremony was very low. I spent a lot of hours picking the perfect pre-ceremony and processional music, and it was hardly heard by anyone.
Reviewed On 12/16/2011 by Michelle M
I can't say enough about how beautifully decorated this venue was! Every guest has gone out of their way to say how GREAT the food was and the cake "the best they'd EVER had at a wedding". The Christmus family did EVERYTHING linens, decorations...
, food, cake and photography and truely made it the most intimate and gorgeous wedding ever. I am biased but when EVERY guest even the most critical of guests says its the best wedding they've ever been to you know they did it right.
Reviewed On 7/27/2011 by B W
Very pretty, reasonable price, not too happy with the catering service, I would recommend having someone else cater
Reviewed On 9/10/2007 by Yasmin G B
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